Nigeria’s anti-drug trafficking officers ask Buhari to sack boss over reign of terror, massive corruption, conspiracy with barons


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Nigeria’s anti-drug trafficking officers sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, calling on him to sack the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, over massive corruption and connivance with drug barons.

The officers, in the open letter sent to Today News Africa in Washington DC, said Buhari should save NDLEA from going into oblivion.

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“Abdallah has demonstrated an extraordinary level of indifference to the rising rate of drug and substance abuse among the youths of our country. He has completely abandoned staff welfare, promotion and the war against drug barons,” read the letter signed by Musa Ahmed Yusuf on behalf of concerned officers.

“His stock in trade is the illegal diversion of the statutory allocation of the Agency to selfish and unproductive foreign travels. Mr President, we have confidence in you but it is important for you to identify and eliminate bad eggs like Abdallah with a high tendency to derail your second term bid,” they added, using the same means they have been communicating with this newspaper.

In the elaborate letter, the officers enumerated Abdallah’s transgressions one after another, and concluded that he had become a liability rather than an asset to the fight against drug trafficking in Nigeria.

The open letter to Buhari was the culmination of anger by the officers who had written to the media several times in the past months without any action from Buhari who is seeking re-election, and has shown no interest in dealing with massive corruption beyond his public declarations.

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It is pressing for you Mr President to prove your love for the youths of our beloved country Nigeria by putting an end to the reign of terror and shame in the NDLEA. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah is one regrettable appointment of the ruling All Progressive Congress party due to his lack of direction, greed and corrupt tendencies that is driving the Agency into oblivion. Abdallah has demonstrated an extraordinary level of indifference to the rising rate of drug and substance abuse among the youths of our country. He has completely abandoned staff welfare, promotion and the war against drug barons. His stock in trade is the illegal diversion of the statutory allocation of the Agency to selfish and unproductive foreign travels. Mr President, we have confidence in you but it is important for you to identify and eliminate bad eggs like Abdallah with a high tendency to derail your second term bid.

Administrative Inaction

Abdallah’s interest in stagnating officers in one rank has defied all administrative explanations. An average officer has three promotion arrears yet he is complacent. This has left officers traumatised and psychologically disadvantaged to confront drug barons. Abdallah blatantly refused to conduct promotion for officers who are long overdue in one rank. The 1,311 list of officers promoted in July 2018 is a ruse on the public. The affected officers could not celebrate because they joined the service six years ago and by the NDLEA regulations they are due for two promotions. Rather than give them double promotion, Abdallah gave only one promotion with effect from January 2018. The implication is that they are to forfeit the balance of 3 years of service to the callousness of Abdallah? This is sickening and highly disgusting. He also deliberately did not promote other officers who have three promotion arrears. Abdallah is one mistake too many. He is the only Chairman since inception that comes to work two or three times in a month and that is when allocation is released. This is horrible for an Agency saddled with the very important function of drug control. The purported relocation of NDLEA headquarters from Lagos to Abuja by Abdallah is a big fraud. First, the Abuja office is yet to be furnished, the officers that moved to Abuja have not been given an allowance and the Ikoyi office has suffered power cut for over two years.

Operational Ineffectiveness

There has been a sharp decline in the number of drugs seized since Abdallah took over in 2016. In 2015 the agency seized drugs weighing 903,624.56kg but when Abdallah took over in 2016, it drastically plummeted to 263,947.57kg and 309.713kg in 2016.  His strategy of lack of promotion, poor welfare and lack of running cost to State commands is a grand plan to stagnate officers, demoralise and make them unable to launch attacks on drug barons. His secret romance with drug barons is weird. The Agency today has been reduced to petty raids on small-time cannabis dealers. Major cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine operations are now memories of the past. The frenzy of clamping down on clandestine laboratories that produce methamphetamine as well as the large quantity of cocaine and heroin seizures at the seaports is now history. Drug barons are celebrating a great season of boom under Abdallah.

Financial Recklessness

The monthly allocation of the Agency is about 48 million naira. This has been going into the private pockets of Abdallah for the past three years under the guise of flimsy foreign travels. Abdallah travels almost every month and he can attend a mere drug abuse workshop in London and United States but will never visit the relatives of officers attacked and killed in the line of duty. The sum of fifty thousand naira (N50,000) only given to families of three officers; Onwumere Nicholas, Peter Ebun and Abdulrahman Musa who were shot dead in Kogi State on October 13, 2017, by gunmen is still fresh in our memory. As we write, Abdallah is yet to provide succour to the families. This is highly insensitive. Over 60 officers have died under Abdallah, this is the highest number of mortality since the Agency was founded. The most painful aspect is that none of these heroes has been paid their entitlement yet he is the most travelled Chairman. His level of corruption is simply unprecedented.

The Way Forward

We are calling for the immediate sack, probe and prosecution of Abdallah.

We demand immediate verification of every allegation, the lack of promotion of officers, the lack of payment of overhead cost to commands since 2016, illegal and incessant foreign travels, the non payment of benefits to dead officers, the tacit lack of attack on drug barons, poor attendance of 2 or 3 times in a month, abandonment of Ikoyi office, rising cases of drug abused etc.

There should be proper placement of officers to clear the backlog of promotion arrears and payment of all benefits.

We demand the immediate payment and national honour of all fallen heroes

The release of running cost to State commanders

Resumption of surveillance and raid operation on drug barons suspended by Abdallah

Signed: Musa Ahmed Yusuf, Concerned Officers


Find below full list of dead officers under Abdallah in the past two years with their rank and last station.

NARCOTIC ASSISTANT NASS II                                                         3

Jibrin Alhassan Kaduna Command

Afolayan John A. Kwara Command

Mohammed Chabiri Aishatu Borno Command

NARCOTIC AGENT NA                                                                                               13

Okereke Okezie Imo Command

Etuk Roseline Akwa Ibom Command

Sunday Afam Plateau Command

Ahmed Abubakar Borno Command

Onukak Patricia Bassy Lagos Command

Iorver Felix Akumave Taraba Command

Abanum Raymond Edeli Delta Command

Yahaya Godiye Dodos Yobe Command

Achube David Sunday Benue Command

Liman Salisu Ahmed Taraba Command

Balogun Erastus Osho Ogun Command

Akinfemiwa Sunday Femi Lagos Command

Faruk Ibrahim Bauchi Command

SENIOR NARCOTIC AGENT SNA                                                        3

Salele Suleiman Kaduna Command

Bala Aliyu Umar Bauchi Command

Hassan Hasana Sokoto Command

CHIEF NARCOTIC AGENT CNA                                                           9

Joseph Lar Gombe Command

Oyede Abdul Ogun Command

Suleiman Bala Fakai FCT Command

Andogwu A Nicholas Adamawa Command

Dalyop Julius Pam Plateau Command

Birabil Gbaradon Ondo Command

Sarah Yakubu Nasarawa Command

Nyam Babajo David Plateau Command

Kamo Thomas Kebbi Command

ASSISTANT NARCOTIC SUPERINTENDENT ASN II                                        6

Akhere Maria Lagos Command

Janet T. Oyenuga Lagos Command

Oti Philip Orim Kogi Command

Nicholas Onwumere Kogi Command

Ebun Peters Kogi Command

Abdulraman Musa Kogi Command

DEPUTY NARCOTIC SUPERINTENDENT DSN                                                8

Bot Christopher Nyam Plateau Command

Emerenini Cornelius Imo Command

Etudaiye Salihu Kogi Command

Timothy Isaacs Lagos Command

Abdulahi Mohammed Ekiti Command

Abdul Isa Shani Borno Command

Sanusi Abdullahi Osun Command

Achibong Peter Taraba Command

SUPERINTENDENT OF NARCOTICS SN                                             9

Odigie Felix Plateau Command

Abdul Ganiyu Ishaq Adamawa Command

Falodun Fumilayo Ogun Command

Bello Stephen Madike Lagos Command

Abdul Ibrahim Waziri Sokoto Command

Adeoye Onifade Olayiwola Rivers Command

Omo Martins Lagos Command

Gambo Musa Osun Command

Aminat Hassan Seme Border Command Lagos

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF NARCOTIC CSN                                                           6

Ameachi Kenneth Edo Command

Anthony Oshogwe Cross Rivers Command

Ibrahim Dada Kogi Command

Monday Fada Lagos Command

Kadiri Adesola Ramoni Ogun Command

Tijani Tajudeen Adebayo Abia Command

ASSISTANT COMMANDER OF NARCOTICS ACN                                                      1

Yashim Danladi Lagos Command


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on



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